Columns

Growing truly gigantic pumpkins

It's a traditional competitive sport ... one that requires hard work, determination, discipline, attentiveness, patience and the ability to anticipate.It continues to grow in appreciation; not just in this country, but internationally. Fall is the time of final defeat for most, victory for a ...

Apologies that aren’t

You probably have an idea what's coming. To start with, it's those notices you find on places such as the door to the liquor store when you really, really need some help to get through the presidential debate that starts in an hour, or the public restroom you've only barely made it to before ...

North Country shortchanged as it battles opioid epidemic

Mark Twain is reputed to have quipped, "Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."The opioid epidemic has its roots in greed, deceit and exploitation. Twenty years ago, Purdue Pharmaceuticals sold the Federal Drug Administration on the notion that OxyContin, the opioid they wanted to sell to an ...

Hunting takes time, patience and experience

All the natural signs point to the obvious: Autumn is rapidly taking control of the land. You can smell it in the brisk air and hear it in the melodic barking of Canada geese as they continue to fly south, often in the dark of night.The cool, musky scent of decay is a sign of the times. The ...

Big fire at Durgan’s Night Club

When my friend Lisa McKenna-Walker, real estate mover and shaker and entrepreneur, gave me a copy of the Nov. 19, 1996 Enterprise I was very pleased to receive it ... then I thought, gee, 1996, is that too recent to call 1996 news "history?"Well, hello ... in exactly 28 days that "recent" ...

Who is a Christian?

When I hear that 78 percent of American Christians support the reality television star and real estate mogul Donald Trump (footnote 1), I'm scared. I don't understand. They're hypocrites. Pharisees.I'm a Christian. When I was 18, I asked Christ to come into my failing life and take it over. He ...

Two hours before the mast

Last week, my sis-in-law cleaned out the attic of Ye Olde Family Manse and in the process ran across my boot camp yearbook, which she then gave me.Lordy lord, my boot camp yearbook, which I hadn't seen since - you guessed it - boot camp.I opened it, and the memories came flooding back.There we ...

Cauliflower soup

Warm, soothing, nourishing and satisfying, soup is the ultimate comfort food. You don't even have to chew it. One of my favorite fall soups is cauliflower soup.Both broccoli and cauliflower are cruciferous flower buds yet cauliflower doesn't provoke the same love / hate relationship many ...

‘Murder in the Adirondacks’ is fascinating

In 1986, Craig Brandon published his book "Murder in the Adirondacks: An American Tragedy Revisited," telling the true story of the crime that served as the nucleus of Theodore Dreiser's classic novel "An American Tragedy."I found the book fascinating. In fact, my wife and I signed up ...

Evangelicals without standards

Lanny Davis must be dizzy from the deja vu. Davis was a stalwart defender of Bill Clinton during the scandals of the 1990s. Little did he know that the excuses and rationalizations made for Clinton then would be repurposed by some of Clinton's harshest and most moralistic critics for a ...

Donald Trump’s invisible shackles

"It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to," Donald Trump tweeted at the reasonable hour of 10 a.m. on Tuesday.Shackles?There were no visible shackles on Trump when he launched his several-news-cycles-long assaults on Judge Gonzalo ...

Clarification needed on riding bikes in crosswalk

Last week's DYK article was about the danger of riding a bicycle in a crosswalk, and I made the statement that this action was against vehicle and traffic law. Although no one should ride in a crosswalk, further scrutiny of VTL concludes that it isn't really illegal to do so.While the Vehicle ...

1980: Big year for the Republican party

The headline on the Enterprise of Nov. 5, 1980, 36 years ago, was in huge block letters an inch and a half high, so only 10 letters fit in the eight column headline: "REAGAN?WINS."An eight-column sub ad: "Republican Surge in Country; Massive Local Turnout" ... with this lead ...

Soaking in every last bit of autumn

As autumn takes command of the local landscape, I have been forced to choose between a variety of outdoor activities that continue to unfold across a landscape that grows more magnificent with each passing day.As author E.B.White claimed, "I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve ...

A ride in the rain to Boreas Ponds

NORTH HUDSON - I drove right by the entrance to Gulf Brook Road.It was marked with a green street sign, and it was the only turnoff on the north side of Blue Ridge Road for at least a mile, but I still didn't see it until it was too late."There it is," I said before hitting the brakes, making a ...

Library Luncheon series begins Nov. 3

Coordinator Rosalie Fontana is pleased to announce that our very popular Library Luncheon Series will resume at noon on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Thomas B. Cantwell Community Room with Nina Schoch presenting "Conservation Through the Lives of Adirondack Loons."On Nov. 17, journalist Brian Mann ...

When I went to the dogs … and vice versa

When I'm walking my dogs, people inevitably ask me how I ended up with three of them.It's a great question.How, indeed?The answer, I believe, is among Life's Unanswerables.A relative sample:"How did I ever co-sign a loan for that putz?""How did I think the Gonif Supplement Plan was anything but ...

Celeriac, the ugly duckling

Autumn has arrived -?and brought with it a rich harvest of root vegetables. Often viewed as humble fare, these subterranean delights offer a wealth of flavor, bright color, and rich nutrients. Many, however, have a rough, dirty, gnarled and knotty exterior, but few are as unsightly as celeriac, ...

Your microbiome is quite important

We have heard quite a bit about it in the news, our microbiome that is. It is sort of a curious fact that such a large amount of microbial DNA can be found in our bodies. There is a large amount of bacteria in our bodies, in fact most of the bacteria not just harmless, it is actually beneficial ...

Celebrating National 4-H Week

At Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, we're marking National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H observed during the first full week of October.CCE celebrates the week by acknowledging the positive impacts that membership in 4-H has had on our club members, as well as the ...